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Europa League Group Stage Draw

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Stan    1,000

Pot 1:

Arsenal, Zenit, Lyon, Dynamo Kiev, Milan, Villarreal, Bilbao, Lazio, Viktoria Plzen, RB Salzburg, Copenhagen, Braga

Pot 2:

Steaua Bucharest, Ludogorets, BATE, Everton, Young Boys, Marseille, Real Sociedad, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lokomotiv Moscow, Nice, Hertha BSC, Austria Vienna

Pot 3:

Astana, Partizan, Hoffenheim, Koln, Rijeka, Vitoria, Atalanta, Zulte Waregem, Zorya, Rosenborg, FC Sheriff, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, 

Pot 4:
Apollon, Istanbul Basaksehir, Konyaspor, Vitesse, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Skenderbeu, Fastav Zlin, AEK Athens, Lugano, Vardar, Ostersund

 

48 teams. 12 groups. 

Possible 'groups of death' -
Arsenal, Marseille, Hoffenheim, Red Star
Milan, Everton, Hoffenheim, Red Star

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From a Köln perspective, that's got potential to be such a difficult campaign. 

Pot One has Arsenal, Lyon, AC Milan, Villarreal, Zenit, Bilbao, Lazio and then even Copenhagen and Braga wouldn't be easy. Pot Two has Everton, Nice and Marseille and even Pot Four has some tough sides in there that might be slightly unknown but definitely won't be pushovers. 

Arsenal or AC Milan; Austria Wien, 1. FC Köln and FC Zlin would be my preference. 

 

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Kitchen Sales    1,096

What time do the managers and club pundits get interviewed and say "I just really hope we get drawn against 3 teams within a 35 mile radius of us, any further and we will lose loads of league games "

 

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Storts    351
2 hours ago, Stan said:

Pot 1:

Arsenal, Zenit, Lyon, Dynamo Kiev, Milan, Villarreal, Bilbao, Lazio, Viktoria Plzen, RB Salzburg, Copenhagen, Braga

Pot 2:

Steaua Bucharest, Ludogorets, BATE, Everton, Young Boys, Marseille, Real Sociedad, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lokomotiv Moscow, Nice, Hertha BSC, Austria Vienna

Pot 3:

Astana, Partizan, Hoffenheim, Koln, Rijeka, Vitoria, Atalanta, Zulte Waregem, Zorya, Rosenborg, FC Sheriff, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, 

Pot 4:
Apollon, Istanbul Basaksehir, Konyaspor, Vitesse, Slavia Prague, Red Star Belgrade, Skenderbeu, Fastav Zlin, AEK Athens, Lugano, Vardar, Ostersund

 

48 teams. 12 groups. 

Possible 'groups of death' -
Arsenal, Marseille, Hoffenheim, Red Star
Milan, Everton, Hoffenheim, Red Star

Reckon Istanbul Basaksehir are the best team in pot 4 Stan, the one to avoid

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Stan    1,000
14 minutes ago, Storts said:

Reckon Istanbul Basaksehir are the best team in pot 4 Stan, the one to avoid

was meant to put them instead of Red Star in the 2nd group of death xD.

I saw they held Sevilla few days ago and noticed they had some good names in their squad! Didn't realise Inler had found his way there too. Clichy & Adebayor amongst others too. 

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Stan    1,000

Arsenal drawn with BATE, Koln and Red Star Belgrade

Everton in a group with Lyon, Atalanta and Apollon. Not too bad travel wise!

Milan get Austria Vienna, Rijeka and Athens - they should qualify comfortably from that.

 

Braga, Ludogorets, Hoffenheim and Istanbul all drawn together looks to be a tough group.

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Delighted for Köln, I'm really going to try and get a ticket in the away end at the Emirates. 

Arsenal aren't going to take it seriously apparently, which offers hope, though away's at BATE and Red Star will be tough, though a result at either of those and wins at home against them to should be enough to see Köln progress. 

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RandoEFC    406

Tough group for us but there's no reason we shouldn't get through it. Atalanta and Lyon away will be difficult but we need to be making sure we win the other four games and we'll be fine.

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6666    183

Koln games might be decent just for Poldi's tweets but overall the group stage will be a good opportunity to play the fringe players.

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Stan    1,000
1 hour ago, RandoEFC said:

Tough group for us but there's no reason we shouldn't get through it. Atalanta and Lyon away will be difficult but we need to be making sure we win the other four games and we'll be fine.

Playing your games at Sassuolo as well as Atalanta's stadium being redeveloped.

8 minutes ago, 6666 said:

Koln games might be decent just for Poldi's tweets but overall the group stage will be a good opportunity to play the fringe players.

Don't think your fringe players will like the Belgrade atmosphere xD 

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4 hours ago, 6666 said:

Koln games might be decent just for Poldi's tweets but overall the group stage will be a good opportunity to play the fringe players.

Hopefully Wenger will play better players later in the competition. It probably depends on how we are doing in the league

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